Building A Massive L-Shaped Desk For A Better Workflow, More Monitors & Space
Written by Michael Larabel in Peripherals on 12 June 2016. Page 3 of 3. 24 Comments

The build took a few days to complete simply due to the time waiting for the stain/paint to dry, etc. But overall between cutting all of the galvanized pipes, assembling the base, and forming the countertop, it was just a few hours and a number of Bavarian beers.

The desk is very heavy but appears to be extremely reliable, which I'm happy with considering I basically was revising the plan as I went and no on-paper diagram but just from what I had visualized and calculated in my head. The wife approves of the end result and now doing a similar build for her on a smaller scale.

So far the desk is handling four large monitors just fine and I will be adding an additional 4K display up there shortly along with some other equipment.

With the design of the base, I also no longer need to worry about hitting my legs on any metal tubing compared to my old L-shaped glass desk and there's a lot more freedom of movement between the different systems.

The computers in my "front office" (a.k.a. not the noisy basement server room with the 50+ busy computers being controlled via the Phoronix Test Suite and Phoromatic) are not underneath the desk but rather racked up in this StarTech 25U rack.

If anyone has any questions, would like additional information if planning a similar build, or have other feedback, feel free to comment via this article on the forums or @MichaelLarabel on Twitter.

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